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The Potentials and Perils of Data Science

BIG DATA—U.S.

April 8, 2013

The New York Times reports on Columbia University’s new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering and the importance of educating a broader swath of society. Google Chief Information Officer Ben Fried expressed concern that “the technology is way ahead of society” and warned against only having an intellectual elite who understand the implications of Big Data—a situation that could cause “a runaway technology or a public rejection.” Fried added, “I think it is a mistake if conversations about this technology leave out the humanities.” Meanwhile, one consulting firm notes that Big Data could save U.S. citizens as much as $450 billion in healthcare costs. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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